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Posted: 09/21/2015

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Bureau of Historic Preservation

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, we are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, which we accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, the Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, and the Bureau of Management Services.

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Harrisburg, PA


This position supports and maintains the Commonwealth's historic building survey, including maintaining the integrity of the historic property information in the Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS) and facilitating new surveys in order to assist the PHMC, other agencies, and the public in evaluating the historic resources within the state and the effects of various programs on those resources.

The incumbent digitizes data from the bureau's legacy paper records and all newly recorded cultural resources into a computerized Geographic Information System (GIS) program. These duties include computerized mapping of cultural resources including historic property and district locations from both paper and outside electronic sources; entering and updating resource information; and facilitating the scanning, processing, and storage of resource images for linkage into CRGIS.




The incumbent:




Assists in the development and oversight of the Pennsylvania Historic Buildings Survey Plan, field test survey guidelines, and documentation standards.

Assists with the administration of the Commonwealth's historic buildings survey, including: working with the public, local governments, and local preservation partners on developing survey methodology; coordinating and conducting field work; providing training on survey techniques and data collection; and the preparation and maintenance of paper and electronic records.

Develops and maintains a list of survey priorities; coordinates the completion of surveys with other PHMC program areas and partners as appropriate.

Conducts projects that analyze legacy data. This can result in updating information to meet current standards and needs and/or providing new interpretations. This includes historic research and evaluation and may include guiding and assisting interns or other researchers.

Develops and provides public information about cultural resources through research, analysis, and development of web content, conference and educational programs, and periodic reports.

Provides information and assistance to citizens and agencies involved in the identification and survey of cultural resources to prepare resource information and documentation for inclusion in the CRGIS. This can include extracting data from the CRGIS to fill data requests and working with other agencies to facilitate data sharing agreements.

Participates in the evaluation of the significance of cultural resources and their eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Performs other duties as required.



Required Experience:


Two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or program, and a bachelor's degree in architectural history, American history, art history, or course work in Pennsylvania history; OR Any equivalent combination of experience and training.


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workplace diversity.


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How to apply
This position is filled through a Non-Civil Service process coordinated through the Bureau of State Employment (BSE). All applications must go through BSE’s employment website at www.employment.pa.gov. We cannot accept any applications directly. Please see below how to apply: From www.employment.pa.gov, click on the Job Opportunities tab under Non-Civil Service. Scroll to the chart and select the position titled “Historic Preservation Specialist”. If interested, click on “Apply.” If you are not currently registered with NEOGOV, you may create an account and apply for this or any other listed category. Registration is free. Returning applicants should enter their current username and password, and follow the steps to create a profile and apply under Historic Preservation Specialist category. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Bureau of State Employment at 717.787.5703.

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